Create an animated gif from a Youtube video

url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5bYDhZBFLA; youtube-dl -b $url; mplayer $(ls ${url##*=}*| tail -n1) -ss 00:57 -endpos 10 -vo gif89a:fps=5:output=output.gif -vf scale=400:300 -nosound
requires "youtube-dl" -- sure you can do this with wget and some more obscurity but why waste your time when this great tool is available? the guts consist of mplayer converting a video to a gif -- study this command and read the man page for more information mplayer video.flv -ss 00:23 -endpos 6 -vo gif89a:fps=5:output=output.gif -vf scale=400:300 -nosound generates a 6 second gif starting at 23 seconds of play time at 5 fps and a scale of 400x300 start time (-ss)/end time (-endpos) formats: 00:00:00.000 end time should be relative to start time, not absolute. i.e. -endpos 5 == seconds after 0:42 = 0:47 end point play with fps and scale for lower gif sizes the subshell is a solution for the -b flag on youtube-dl which downloads the best quality video, sometimes, which can be various video formats $(ls ${url##*=}*| tail -n1)
Sample Output
http://imgur.com/Pnfcu.gif

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By: zed
2010-07-18 02:11:39

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  • Creates a better looking gif than the original post via imagemagick processing high quality jpgs, rather than converting directly to gif from the video itself.


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    youtube-dl -o bun.flv http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SfPLcQhXpCc; mplayer bun.flv -ss 03:16 -endpos 5 -vo jpeg:outdir=bun:quality=100:smooth=30:progressive -vf scale=320:240 -nosound; convert -delay 4 -loop 0 bun/*.jpg bun.gif
    joeyliechty · 2012-01-05 17:53:22 0

What Others Think

The -b option of youtube-dl is not supported, at least for version 2015.03.28
Buzzcp · 148 weeks and 2 days ago

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